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Sign: Ashdod - The Ashdod-Yam Fortress


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Sderot Moshe Dayan, Ashdod, Israel
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סמל העיר אשדוד
סמל מיתוג העיר אשדוד
סמל רשות העתיקות

מצודת אשדוד-ים
מצודת אשדוד-ים (קלעת אל-מינה) נבנתה בשלהי המאה ה-7 לסה"נ על ידי החליף עבד אל-מלכּ (685-705 לסה"נ) על שרידיו של יישוב ביזנטי. המצודה שימשה חלק ממערכת הגנה חופית שנועדה למנוע פשיטות של כוחות נוצריים מהמערב. המערכת כללה מצודות (רבטאת) לאורך האגן המזרחי של הים התיכון, ששמרו על קשר עין ואפשרו איתות בעת סכנה על ידי השאת עשן ביום ואש בלילה. בתקופה הצלבנית (מאות ה-12-13 לסה"נ) שופצה המצודה ויושבה מחדש. שמה שונה ל’קסטל ברואר’.
המצודה ננטשה סופית לאחר גירוש הצלבנים מהארץ בשנת 1290. המצודה נחפרה ושומרה ביוזמת גורמי התיירות באשדוד ורשות העתיקות בעזרת בני נוער וילדים ממוסדות החינוך בעיר כהכנה לפתיחתה לביקור הקהל הרחב.

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The emblem of the city of Ashdod
Branding symbol of the city of Ashdod
Symbol of the Israel Antiquities Authority

The Ashdod-Yam Fortress
The Ashdod Yam Fortress, or Qal’at el-Mina, was built by Caliph Abd al-Malik (685-705 CE) at the end of the seventh century CE, over the ruins of a Byzantine settlement. The fortress was part of an Umayyad coastal defense system, constructed to combat attacks of Christian forces from the west. The system comprised a chain of ribats (strongholds), built along the eastern Mediterranean coastline within sight of one another, enabling the conveying of messages at times of danger, by means of fire beacons at night and smoke signals by day. In the Crusader period (twelfth to thirteenth centuries CE), the fortress was rebuilt and resettled, and named Castellum Beroart. It was finally abandoned when the Crusaders were expelled from the country in 1290. The fortress was excavated and conserved, prior to opening the site to the public, thanks to a tourist initiative in Ashdod, and the Israel Antiquities Authority, with the assistance of youth and pupils from educational institutions in Ashdod.

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